May 30, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CRIMES UNIT CHARGES BALTIMORE COUNTY
MAN WITH UNLAWFUL DISCHARGE OF POLLUTANTS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that charges were
filed against an individual for the unlawful discharge of a pollutant
into the waters of the State of Maryland. A criminal information
was filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court against an individual
in connection with his company's discharge of carpet cleaning wastewater.
Helfand, 56, of the 100 block of Strongwood Road in Owings Mills,
was charged in a one-count criminal information with Unlawful Discharge
of a Pollutant Into the Waters of the State on September 19, 2001.
Agents of Helfand's company, Scientific Carpet Care, are alleged
to have unlawfully discharged carpet cleaning wastewater in the
7900 block of Harford Road.
is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The maximum penalty for a conviction for unlawfully discharging
a pollutant into the waters of the state is one year imprisonment
and/or a $25,000 fine.
case was investigated by the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office
of the Attorney General and by Maryland Department of the Environment